tv [untitled] November 4, 2012 5:00pm-5:30pm PST
>> miss olague? >> as supervisor i have been working on many issues, so it's really difficult for me to prioritize any one set of issues. so we have been prioritizing transit issues and affordable housing issues. and the rest of it, but right now i believe the city is really challenged with issues dealing with equity and i believe there are many people who are being forced out of the city in part because they can't find jobs. so jobs has been a huge priority for us. trying to find -- trying to work with city agencies, with community-based organizations, to make sure that young people, especially, have opportunities to make choices in their lives. and so that is why we have been focused very much on job-training and wrap-around services in that respect also. i think there are older adults and other folks who also could
use additional employment. so i think jobs is a big issue for me. >> miss johnson? >> i agree that it's difficult to pick just one issue. but i think a lot of our policy issues that we're having, that you have in front of us come from a lack of accountable. where is your money being spent? how is it being spent? there is a lot of mismanagement. and there is a lot of money that goes places we don't know where it's going. and you can see it running through all of this discussion of all of the polices. are our elected officials making policy decisions that are sustainable? that promote equity? or are they for-sale to the highest bidder? these are the things that we need to address, otherwise you will have the exact same problems of people asking for more and more people and creating a city where there is very wealthy and very poor people. so i would like to
give a quick shout out in that direction to supervisor olague, who is having the san francisco housing authority try to film its meetings. it doesn't even meet at city hall and this is the kind of inequity i'm talking about. we need accountability. so i appreciate that and we need that. thank you. >> thank you, mr. everett. >> i'm the type the progressive who grieves believes that we're only as wealthy as the least among us. so means that in san francisco we can only go as far as the african-american young men and women who have been economically disadvantaged for generations here in the city. we need to provide jobs. with when we talk about green jobs of future and sustainable produce, we need to talk about
how to feed the single mothers in those communities. we need comprehensive reforms to bring those disadvantaged communitis with us. we cannot provide those folks with jobs unless we reform our drug policies in san francisco, which essentially disadvantage and persecute young men of color who on a day to day basis are being subjected to the criminal justice system in a way that is not done by other members of our society. >> you have got another minute. [ laughter ] >> on a day to day basis what we're doing here in san francisco is we are disenfranchising folks and limiting their ability for future employment. once you have a conviction for a non-violent drug-related crime, your chances of getting a future employment are essentially nil.
there was a research study published recently in a san francisco newspaper, that showed the rate of drug convictions dropped, and the violent crime here in san francisco did not rise. essentially what we're saying is that there is no correlation between drug use and violent crime. so the whole notion that we have to go after these folks to go into their neighborhoods and essentially make had a police state of their neighborhoods is ridiculous, preposterous and anne ethical and moral failure in the city and we need someone bold enough, proud enough to reverse this trend and ex-power the folks because that way we're more united and a stronger city heading into the future. >> can i say one thing? we heard from a police captain that we know that is not true. that has been proven in the literature and i can't believe we're hearing this when we have
limited police resources. thank you. >> mr. davis >> let's be frank there are control interests in agenda at city hall and a cronyisticism that includes [hr-ufrpl/]ry condominium for the ultra rich, corporate tax breaks, chain stores and parking garages, a vision for san francisco that doesn't include a lot of everyday people. it's getting to where students and seniors on fixed incomes and young families and teachers and firefighters and everyday folks can no longer afford to live in san francisco. we have a crisis of affordability here. i think the city's economic development polices have a lot to do with why we're starting job/housing imbalance when you are so focused on the power
elite, the twitter tax breaks and not focused, which i think we need to start to do. on the economic development interests of our small businesses. which are the life blood of the san francisco economy 80% of our economy is small business along our commercial corridors and most jobs are created by small businesses each year. the city needs to reorient its economic polices towards small businesses and start to remove the red tape and stream-lining the permitting process and other ways to facilitate small businesses to thrive and survive in san francisco. so my no. 1 priority is reorienting our economic polices away from the cronyism, the power elect elite and back to the small businesses. >> i was born and raised in
the district. that is not why i think you should vote for me as your supervisor. my entire life was been committed to this district starting when i worked for the mayor where women were trained i know what good social services look like, but i understand that we can't exclude people because they are rich. we can't exclude people because they are middle-class at the expense of making sure we're taking care of one class of people. i worked really hard and there were a lot of people that helped me become the person who i am. sadly, my brother did not make it through. he is in jail now. my sister died from an overdose, and all of this to fight the good fight to make
sure that access to opportunity doesn't stop with me. everybody on this panel, we have got some great people and they have made a lot of need to be taken into consideration. but i think that mine experience of not only being on the redevelopment agency commission and working on the fire commission and working in the community day in and day out with the people that many of these folks are mentioning is what is going to create the success we need this district. the kids need an opportunity . that is what stops crime. they don't need a handout. they need to learn how to take care of themselves. that is what happened to me and why i am here because of an opportunity, not a handout. i have not seen many of these candidates until now actively
engaged in the community. it baffles me and what i would like to see it proof that they have the ability to do this job. my experience, my track record demonstrates that i have the ability to do this job. i am prepared to do this job. thank you very much. and i'm ready and willing and so i ask that you seriously consider me. and i will make sure that i get on us on the right path, but more specifically dealing with making sure that we have access to real job opportunities, not just for the rich, not just for the poor, but for everybody in between as well. thank you. >> miss olague would like to use her time card. >> i just wanted to mention that a lot of these ideas that people have referred to this evening, i'm already working on. we have worked extensively with small businesses. we are attempting to establish neighborhood named districts along the divasdero and lower
filmore area. i have spend extensive amounts of time in japantown and the lower haight and upper haight and other neighbors of this district. and today we had actually three hearings. one that we were approached by members of the community, some community-based organizations. people wanted us to look at the african-american achievement gaps in high schools, which we also ended up talking about the latino achievement gaps and it was really alarming. very disappointing the statistics that we heard today. as miss johnson mentioned we're asking that the housing authority hearings finally be made public, because we need more transparency this and we're asking for a right to return to public housing. we wrote legislation about that, so we have been spending tons of time in the community. >> miss selby. >> i just wanted to say what i
want for this district, i don't have the advantage of actually being in office now, but what i want for this district is a safe and thriving district and i want a strong voice for neighborhoods at city hall. i'm the only mother who is running and when i win, i will be the only mother at the board of supervisors. i am the small business person, had my own small business for the last ten years. believe me, i know what this city does and doesn't do for small business and it can definitely do more. finally i believe i'm the only president of a neighborhood and merchant organization up here and i have worked hard to turn around the lower haight from one where people said they wouldn't walk on my side of the street to one that is safe, thriving and inclusive and i want to do this for this entire district. i want a safe and thriving district and a voice at city hall for all. >> we have come to the time
where members have been so generous with sharing their time cards, i don't know, does anybody else have a minute's worth of a final appeal to get off their chest? miss johnson? >> yes, i have two years' worth of history of voting on really difficult issues. these are people who were members of public, who found they needed help and found there was limited access to people in city hall. and you can look this up online. i'm not just pretending that i'm going to do this or just saying that i'm going to do. a lot of politicians will not endorse me because i have held them accountable. you need to pay attention to what people say they will do and what they do. we had muni drivers who were fired because they didn't support prop g and couldn't
have access to their personnel files and we had to help them do that. these are the kind of things that we're up against. the voters need to pay attention to the history of how people vote. it's not that we don't have a record, but i believe in participation by the public. and i have a voting record on that. >> thank you. and i guess there are a couple other candidates who decided that they have a closing statement to offer as well. mr. everett? >> as an attorney, i am required to uphold the laws of the state of california, and the united states as well. i'm required to do so in a completely even-handed manner. i do so with no problem and with all the love in my heart. that being said, it would be ridiculous, disingenuous and completely unhelpful not to realize that certain segments within our population here in san francisco need help more than others. it would be absolutely preposterous for me to sit up here and tell you that we're going to approach polices of
economic advantagement in an even-handed manner. that would do a disservice to and again, we are a weaker city if we allow certain segments of you are population to essentially rot. we're a stronger, vibrant and more resilient city if we address the issues of those least among us, tackle them, and face them head-on. >> thank you. >> that is what i'm about. truth and honesty in our policy approached. >> mr. resignato. >> i think one important thing we need to look at is vision. really, you know? a vision for what san francisco is going to be. and i think that involves looking at a lot of different things. one thing that daniel mentioned and we have mentioned about public safety is that we're not using our police resources wisely or not using science to
guide where to use our police resources. we need to look at our transportation system and revolutionize that. that will improve a lot of things, public health, public safety, commerce. so we need to be looking with a vision for the future about what we want our city to be. and i think i have done that before and like i said, i'm for prevention. and i'm for looking to the future and figuring out how we can sculpt a better san francisco and that is what i will do as supervisor. thank you, mr. davis. i want to remind folks and point out that we have seen a disturbing trend in san francisco over the past couple ever years. of years. we have had a lot of leadership appointed for us. an appointed mayor, appointed district attorney when our leaders are chosen for us instead of by us.
if you want leadership in our city, i'll i'm your candidate. at juliandavis.org, there is more detail about the grassroots campaign we're building. i encourage you to look where the candidates are getting their money from. i think it says a lot about whose interests they will be representing. thank you. >> anybody else? miss olague? >> again, i just wanted to welcome all of you to the office, room 256 of city hall and we are engaging with neighbors all the time. recently i voted in favor of community choice aggregation. i am a sponsor of the affordable housing proposition
c. we worked extensively with community counsel for housing organizations to make sure that we had the right balance. i worked on the gross receipts measure that is on the ballot currently. so there are a lot of things that we're working on. we're working with small businesses extensively and so i welcome you to come in and share your ideas and let's work together to create a better city. i am christiana olague, supervisor district 5 and i appreciate your support in keeping me in office in november. we can work together with all sides of the political spectrum to create the best city we can create, one that is balanced and fair. >> thank you. miss breed? >> why not, right? >> you are a candidate, yes. [ laughter ] >> i am so proud of the work that i have been able to do in the district. i currently have kids that -- and when i say kids, teenagers, 18, 19, 20. i'm not a mom myself, so i look
at the kids in the district as my mine. so in order to get them to attend john adams and school, i'm active not just in running for office, but the work doesn't stop because of the campaign. we should elect a supervisor who understands the challenges of the district, who understands how to bring people together. and who has, as andrew said, a vision for the future of what the district should look like? i understand and remember the past. it was not always bright in the district. q+!rknow how to make good th happen and bring people together in our community. and also, i know what a great district 5 could potentially look like. the african-american art and culture complex was once a place falling apart. it's now a place thriving with artists and the community and with you if you come visit us. it's an amazing facility and it's exactly what i want to
make district 5, an amazing district 5. london breed for district 5 supervisor. >> thank you very much. thank you to all of you, [ applause ] >> before you leave tonight, let me remind you, if you are not registered to vote, please register right away and encourage others as well. if you have moved, you need to register again with your new address. on believe of myself, the [wo-uflt/] league of women voters, and sfgtv and our sponsors thank you and good evening. [ applause ]
>> we are ready to begin. welcome to unico i'm albert and i'm very pleased that today we have a number of distinguished guests joining us from the ribbon cutting ceremony, so allow me now a few moments to introduce our guests first of all please welcome san francisco mayor mr. edwin lee. [ applause ] >> >> next please welcome singer, song writer and unico cast member, quopola. [ applause ] >> we also would like to
welcome the director of the san francisco zoo, miss tania peterson. >> and now, ladies and gentlemen, let's please welcome unico, ceo mr. tabashi yani. [ applause ] >> and last, but not least, please welcome unico usa chief operating officer, mr. pani... [ applause ] >> at this time, i would like to ask unico ceo, mr. yani to give us a few opening remarks. >> mr. yani please. >> good morning, everyone. yeah, i am now so much excited because of for the opening soon and also i would like to
express my personal experience 45 years ago i was 18 years. i passed 15 this usa, in san francisco, is my past experience to around here. and also, i much say, i am a 49er. [ cheers ] >> because i was born 49 year, and also, for each century, do you know, today, today is a day, you know, today is steve jobs passed away, one year ago.
i give steve jobs so much and this is a place of innovation, i try to make innovation here for us today. thank you very much for listening. thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you, very much. >> may i now ask mayor lee for a response, please? >> thank you. and mr. yuni thank you and welcome to san francisco, welcome unico for to the square it is a great place to be, this 30,000-square foot flag ship for the west coast and i have been wanting to tell you that i have known about your store to my daughter for quite some time, who have been religiously shopping for their affordable and very well-designed clothing
for quite some time, and of course, i'm very intrigued being the next model to follow joe montana. but, i'm happy to be here and joined with, of course, tania peterson our zoo director and so many friends. i also had to wake up to my wife saying, we are going to the store today, are we not? so she is there already, we are already focused on the orange section of the store to get ready for this weekend. but i want to not only congratulate unico for locating here in our very exciting part of our city, the international part where so many millions of visitors come every year. in fact, last year in 2011, over 16.3 million visitors came to san francisco and most of them found their way to unit square to the best shopping in the world. this is the center for arts and
culture and of course it is our innovation capitol of the world and we are doing all of the right things to continue our success in the city. part of that success, is to work with great corporate citizens like unico and their efforts to make sure that they give their best effort to hire san franciscoans. today we celebrate not just a flag ship store but a store that has made corporate responsibility at the helm of their friend. there is over 500 people that they have already hired in this store. that is a fabulous contribution. they have worked that magic with our office of economic development, having spent weeks to train people who may not have gotten this opportunity. but for their out reach in this store, and then, they created a buzz and excitement in our city. i know that people will not
only appreciate the fabulous fashions here, that you just look at these prices, for the kind of quality that they have. and i know that we have smart shoppers like supervisor kim who will be here in a minute and others who look for that casmere brand and also are very affected by the price sensitivity of the quality store. and then i want to just give a shout out. there are people so excited here in san francisco for this store to open. paul english from the richmond area of san francisco was here at 5:00 a.m. and i have to give a shout out to her. she and her friend michelle were the first two people in line here. i want to welcome you to the flag ship store in san francisco. congratulations mr. yuni and kenny, thank you for your wonderful work in setting this up and working with us so well. >> thank you, very much.
yeah, you are very, very good serviceman, and the whole san francisco. thank you. thank you very much. >> and i think that we are, yes? >> by the way, when you get in there, you have got to see the magic mirror, that is something that is going to blend technology with your fashion. mr. yuni on behalf of the city in a way in which we are so proud, so thankful for this opportunity to welcome the flag ship here, we would like to declare this unico day here in san francisco. [ applause ] >> thank you, very much. mayor lee and thank you very much everyone. i think that we are ready now to spread the unico ribbon for
the ribbon-cutting ceremony, yes? if we could have, here we go, just underneath, yes, please. yes, i think that everyone has, yes, thank you very much. so, ladies and gentlemen, we are going to do it on the count of three. we will go, 3, 2, 1 for our guests and for our executives, obviously we have a number of very interested photographers here so please give us your best unico smile possible. ladies and gentlemen, so if we are ready, 3, 2, 1, all right? >> 3, 2, 1... [ cheers ] >> thank you very much, everyone. and i think that we will be opening in probably... >> yes? >> we will be opening very, very shortly. one moment please.